Music Director Laura Jackson and Composer Zhou Tian bow for a standing ovation after the World Premiere performance of Transcend by the Reno Phil on April 27, 2019. Photo by David Calvert.


Thank you for your interest in the Reno Phil. Our mission is to produce inspirational symphonic performances of the highest quality for diverse audiences and support exceptional education, outreach and engagement programs. The Reno Phil began in 1969 and continues to perform classical and pops concerts across northern Nevada to nearly 50,000 people annually. Additionally, the Reno Phil has an education department that inspires 15,000+ students each year through a free afterschool strings program, four Youth Orchestras, a free family concert each fall, and much more.

The Reno Phil believes in the power of live music to uplift, heal, and bring people together. We are grateful for your support of live music and music education in northern Nevada. Your generous support creates a rich and vibrant arts and cultural scene for our community.

What your gift can do…

A grant of $1,000 provides a year of private lessons for a student.


A grant of $2,500 provides a year of tuition for 10 Youth Orchestra students.


A grant of $5,000 sponsors an orchestral work at a Classix concert.

A grant of $10,000 brings in an internationally-acclaimed guest artist.


COVID-19 Relief – As with much of the world, the Reno Phil has been severely influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Reno Phil is all about bringing live music to large groups and creating connections amongst the community through the power of music. As a performing arts group, the Reno Phil will be among the last organizations that will be able to return to any sense of normalcy and present full symphonic performances. Earned revenue from concerts made up 40-45% of our annual income, with the remaining amount made through contributions. Facing an uncertain 6-12 months, it is more important than ever for the Reno Phil to receive general operating support from donations to ensure we continue to plan and prepare for the future and ready to ramp back up production of concerts and education programs as soon as it is deemed safe for our staff, musicians, and audience members.

Education Programs – The Reno Phil has five core education programs that reach over 15,000 students each year. As schools struggle to fund arts and music education, the Reno Phil works to fill in those gaps and ensure that new generations of children learn to play an instrument and become lifelong music lovers. Our education programs are continuing to grow as the need increases for additional music education resources. Support from donors assists with instrument purchase and repair, music rental fees, instructor salaries, busing costs for schools attending special youth-focused concerts, lessons, and more.

Operating Support – Ticket sales cover only a portion of concert expenses for the Reno Phil. Many elements go into producing a performance, including concert hall/venue rental costs, guest artist fees, musician salaries, sound, lighting, and more. Donors that give to general operating support are integral to the Reno Phil continuing to present live symphonic performances of the highest quality with world-renowned guest artists.

Contact the Reno Phil’s Director of Development, Michael Hicks, at 775-323-6393 to talk about these exciting opportunities at the Reno Phil.

To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, please contact a member of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada Stewardship Team at 775-333-5499.